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Shannon and Ria explore Western Australia - part 1. Perth to Shark bay.

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Shannon and Ria


Trip highlights

Where the best view was? Natures Window, Kalbarri National Park.

Where did you stop for a picnic? Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, Exmouth – panoramic views at this spot! 

Where was your favourite place/town visited and why? Coral Bay. We loved the chilled vibe as its one road in and one road out. The scenery here is epic.

What was your favourite experience/activity & why? Whale Shark Swim – swimming with these 8-metre friendly giants was an experience we will never forget. To be able to get this close and feel the energy of this powerful creature was very special. 

Top highlights? Swim with whale sharks, kayak with a wild dolphin, hiking through gorges in Kalbarri National Park, finding a natural pink lake while on the road, quad biking through sand dunes in Coral Bay, getting close to eagle as he targeted his prey in Shark Bay Trip highlights.

Best café for coffee? The Short Order food van in Exmouth Favourite pub/restaurant? Pinocchio Italian Restaurant Exmouth.

Did you have a favourite Holiday Park you stayed in and why? Monkey Mia RAC Resort. Chilled vibe right on the beach, awesome views and beautiful sunsets on our doorstep!

What would be your top tip for other campervan travellers – Our top tip for other campervan travellers is take your time in each place, don’t rush because this is how you find all of the hidden gems! Spend a few days exploring each area and research your routes, places to see etc.

Can you share a recipe from something you cooked in the campervan? Peri Peri Chicken Burgers Grab a couple of chicken breasts and some Peri Peri sauce from the local supermarket, cook them up with the sauce in the pan alongside some pineapple rings! Serve in a bun and enjoy! YUM!

What is your greatest memory of the whole campervan holiday? It’s so difficult to pinpoint the greatest memory as our whole trip with Mighty Campers was incredible. These are some of the things that made it extra special: having the opportunity to pull over on the side of the road to photograph wildlife (eagles, emus echidnas!), laying in our home on wheels at different beaches watching the sun go down and camping next to like-minded travellers while sharing drinks and stories. These are memories we will keep forever!

Leg 1 - Perth to Pinnacles
Distance: 175km
Travel Time: 2 hours

We loved our visit to The Pinnacles. It was a ‘desert meets sea’ experience. The Pinnacles are limestone formations within Nambung National Park. There are many theories of how they formed but some say they came from seashells.
We took the 9km loop drive through the majestic pinnacles. There are many places to pull up the van and soak up the views where the desert meets the sea. We were surrounded by thousands of these rock formations rising from the yellow sand of the Pinnacles Desert.

Leg 2 - Pinnacles to Kalbarri
Distance: 393km
Travel Time: 4 hours

We fell in love with the rugged coastline and the national park of Kalbarri. With so many natural discoveries to explore, this is a place where we felt in our element.
The places we visited on our way to and during our time in Kalbarri are;

Pink Lake – Hutt Lagoon

While on the road to Kalbarri we were amazed as we were passing by this natural pink lake.


Coastal Cliffs
We spent some time hiking the tracks of the Coastal Cliffs of Kalbarri. These various walking tracks follow the stunning coastline.

Natures Window

This was one of our favourite spots in Kalbarri National Park. A rock formation which frames a perfect view over the Murchison River gorge.

Z Bend
We headed to the lookout over the steep 150m drop of the gorge.

Red Bluff
We watched the sunset over the sandstone cliffs from this lookout

Leg 3 Kalbarri - Shark Bay
Distance: 377km
Travel Time: 4 hours

Shark Bay is a world heritage listed site. It is one of the only places in the world which is home to all four of the natural criteria for a world heritage area. With all of its natural features, colourful landscapes and expansive wildlife, we found it easy to fall in love with Shark Bay.

The places we visited during our time in Shark Bay are:

Little Lagoon
This spot was perfect for a picnic and a swim. We took a walk around the calm and clear lagoon.
Eagle Bluff
This beautiful lookout gives you a birdseye view of the blue waters, cliffs and sea life below.
Shell Beach
This beach is entirely made up of the Hamelin Cockle Shell. Super strange to have shells under your feet instead of sand.
We had an awesome visit to the stromatolites, the oldest living organism in the world at over 3 billion years old
Monkey Mia
We loved this part of Shark Bay. The calm clear water was perfect for an afternoon on a kayak so we took one out and ended up having a really special experience. As we glided along a friendly bottlenose dolphin joined us and swam next to us, ducking beneath and beside our kayak for about 15 minutes.

Checkout the second part of Shannon and Ria's adventure here .

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